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Artist: Bombay Black

Title: Walk of Shame

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Bombay Black Walk of Shame Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 2014

Label: Triage Music Firm

Catalog Number: TMF059


Erik Johnson vocals
Justin Velte guitar
Ty Sims bass
Barry Whaley drums


1.  Bye Bye Juliet  
2.  Sex & Gasoline  
3.  America's Sweetheart  
4.  Come Over Here  
5.  Dressed to the Nines  
6.  Living on Mars  
7.  Haunting L.A.  
8.  Superstardumb  
9.  Everything You Wanted  
10.  Pretty People  
11.  I May as Well  
12.  Sucker  
13.  Sunshine  

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From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 14, 2015 at 21:54
This came out in the summer of 2014, but I didn't know it existed until almost Christmastime. Walk Of Shame is almost as good as Bullets And Booze from 2012 (which I absolutely loved). These guys, maybe more than any other, have found that oh-so-elusive sweet spot between old-school and modern. The music itself would appeal to fans of '80's metal, but the production is thoroughly up to date, and the band's approach to the songs is likewise post-millennial, singing about chicks, would-be rock stars and bad behavior with a self-deprecating, sarcastic humor, without sinking to any kind of Steel Panther-like novelty schtick. You almost wonder if the band might have relocated to L.A. from their native Little Rock, as several songs ("Haunting L.A.," "Superstardumb," "Pretty People") deal with very Hollywood topics, albeit with tongues planted firmly in cheeks. Former guitarist Devil Jim Perry was no slouch, but Justin Velte is a monster and has injected so much extra flair into this band.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 14, 2015 at 22:03
Erik Johnson dresses up his fairly bland vocals with some skillful harmonies and strong hooks, and the riffs just keep coming. The band's biggest weakness continues to be that they don't write very good ballads, but they keep trying, so we get the forgettble "Living On Mars" and "Sucker." My favorites: all of the first five songs, plus "I May As Well" and "Sunshine." This band should be fucking HUGE, as I think they can appeal just as much to younger people who listen to Halestorm and Pop Evil as they can play to the old geezers who're still eagerly waiting for "real rawk to come back and kick ass, maaaan." That Bombay Black somehow are NOT household names is a real shame.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 8, 2018 at 21:27
Man, what the hell is wrong with you guys? You salivate over every pickup band Alessandro DelVecchio puts together, and every new combination of AOR has-beens, and I seem to be the only one around to watch Bombay Black really come into their own on their last couple records. It's too bad they hooked up with Kivel Records early on, a "label" that only knows how to market to the old '80's-rock audience, who are becoming ever less interested in new bands. These guys are the purest and best example of what you might call "updated hair-metal" out there. Updated because, unlike so many of those silly Swedes, they don't try to sound like 1988, despite using those building blocks. They still sing about partying and casual sex and fucked-up relationships, but with a self-aware sense of humor that even the best bands of yore never managed consistently, if at all.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 8, 2018 at 21:36
Then, especially on this album, they have this jaundiced fascination with our vapid celebrity culture that feels very current. The Ke$ha sample at the end of "America's Sweetheart" comes off as snide and ironic rather than the desperate plea for relevance that any number of aging hair-farmers would make it (and it doesn't hurt that it's punctuated by an absolutely ripping little guitar solo either). The musical ingredients might be vintage '80's, but the sensibility is entirely 21st-century. And yet Kivel only knew to position them as the next Danger Danger or some goddamn thing, effectively confining them to a tiny niche market, when they should (and most importantly COULD) have a song on rock radio every hour. Oh yeah, after a couple releases on Triage Records, I heard they're back to Kivel for their forthcoming album.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 8, 2018 at 21:38
Three Days Grace just tied Van Halen's record for most number-ones on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts (13), and yet Bombay Black are largely unknown. This makes me want to fall to my knees and howl.

From: MetalllianStallion Date: April 22, 2018 at 7:50
Doghouse to chime in on your one man outrage of why this band isn't H-U-G-E as you put it 3 years ago. First, when that "H" word is tossed out on HH it's usually for the band back in the day circa 80's to grunge just hit, so the band didn't get exposure they deserved. So I assume you mean HUGE as into today's music climate, so that means total FB or Instagram followers? How many bands today have platinum sales in our digital and disposable music scene today? That's why concert tickets are so outrageous to make up the difference for lost revenue. How many bands today are pulling down arena tours like the latest GNR reunion? The arena age is over for hard rock/metal except for the big festivals in Europe, and a few in the states. You also mention the singer's mediocre range, as Ted Poley's voice comparison comes to mind. Of course pure talent many times in a band doesn't = success. I checked out this release on Amazon.com and there is no CD version of this album and it has like 2 comment

From: MetalllianStallion Date: April 22, 2018 at 7:53
(con't) for the band's whole discography so you are correct, Bombay black are America's best kept secret.

From: MetalllianStallion Date: April 22, 2018 at 7:56
(con't) comments for the band's whole discography so you are correct, Bombay black are America's best kept secret.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 22, 2018 at 11:18
Oh, I meant huge by today's standards. These guys should be getting the airplay, and prime slots at all those "festivals in a field in the mmiddle of nowhere" that AEG puts on, those corporate-rock Woodstocks. To me, BB's sound could appeal just as much to the younger crowd who like Buckcherry (or somebody like Papa Roach, who tried to do this kind of thing once rap-rock was no longer A Thing). A parallel would be Alligator Stew, who had songs good enough to appeal to a large group of people who like "rockin' country" oor whatever you want to call it. But no, because the singer had been in a D-list L.A.-metal band, they wound up on Perris Records being marketed to their minuscule market of people who thought Asphalt Ballet didn't get their due.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 22, 2018 at 11:36
But yes, the arena days are over. Guitar-based hard rock is just not popular anymore, no matter how many geezers sing the praises of Greta Van Fleet (who are cool, don't get me wrong). But if you look at Billboard's mainstream-rock charts, or the upper reaches of the lineups for Rocklahoma, Rock On The Range, Fort Rock, Rock Your Socks Off, Boxful o' Rock, or any of those other festivals ... it's the same bands year after year after year, that keep getting propped up by what passes for a music industry, regarrdless of what they do. Seether or, yes, Three Days Grace still have careers at that level, presumably because the industry would rather milk these dead cows than expend the energy to replace them.

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